Summer may be drawing to a close (sob), but that doesn’t mean those sunshine flavours have to go away for another year just yet. Soft summer fruits like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, nectarines and plums are still around (just about), so make the most of them while you still can.
In fact, some of the later summer fruits, like plums and raspberries, are only just reaching their prime, and are finally at their biggest, juiciest and most flavoursome! Now’s the time to get involved.
From sophisticated French desserts to celebration cakes with a fruity surprise, check out our favourite ways to indulge in the last of the summer fruits below.
Growing until mid-October in the UK, raspberries are one of the latest of the summer fruits meaning they’re available right through autumn too - lucky us!
Use them in this delicate millefeuille tower: flaky pastry layered with soft berries and clouds of cream with a little Greek yogurt stirred through to offset the richness. The perfect summer pud, this sophisticated tower is sure to steal the show at any summer soirée or backyard barbie.
Nectarine tarte tatin
In season from May until September, early nectarines tend to be slightly more acidic in taste, making them great for fruit salads and smoothies, while the later fruits are a lot sweeter and softer and work brilliantly when stewed down or baked, like in this cheat’s tarte tatin.
Sweet nectarines break down and caramelise much easier than a traditional tatin’s apples, taking a lot of the guessing work out of this traditional French pud. Use ready-rolled puff pastry and this infamously demanding sweet becomes a walk in the park. Easy peasy!
Berry & passion fruit yogurt pots
Summer berries are perfect for a light breakfast on warm and balmy days. This simple compote served with yogurt and toasted oats can be made with either frozen fruits, or fresh berries that are looking a little past their best. You could even pop it into a preserve jar to take to work as a tasty snack.
RED PLUM CLAFOUTIS
A clafoutis rises as it bakes then sinks back as it cools. Don’t worry – this dense, eggy custard texture is exactly what you're looking for!
Pimm’s summer pudding slice
All the sunshine tastes of the Great British summer in one pud! This elegant British classic is perfect for making ahead of time, easing the pressure off entertaining crowds at home. For a family-friendly version, leave out the Pimm’s and use lemonade.
FRUIT & MASCARPONE SANDWICH CAKE
A fruity showstopper cake like this would be perfect to rustle up for a hot summer's day afternoon treat. Top with any fruit you fancy, but soft sponge and creamy mascarpone work perfectly with tart, juicy berries like raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
Blueberry Surprise gâteau
Already spectacular, this blueberry surprise dessert has even more of a wow-factor when you cut into it! Make sure your eggs and butter are at room temperature to achieve a light and fluffy sponge.